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South Dakota Flood #464500

NBC Evening News for Sunday, Jun 11, 1972
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(Studio) More than 200 bodies recovered so far in flood which swept over Rapid City, South Dakota. Hundreds more missing; thousands homeless. Heavy rains fell Friday might, Canyon Lake Dam burst, flood followed. Senator George McGovern visits Rapid City in his home state. Says destruction and desolation incomprehensible.
REPORTER: Edwin Newman

(Rapid City, South Dakota) 20 foot wide, 5 foot deep creek swells to depth of 30 ft., 1/2 mile wide. Damage estimated at $120 million. Civil Defense Command Post set up in courthouse basement. Computers used to list persons still missing and those reported safe. Radio stations remain on the air around the clock, broadcasting requests for information
REPORTER: John Palmer

(Rapid City, South Dakota) Churches, schools, civic auditorium become ctrs. for feeding, clothing, and relocating victims of flood. Neighbors volunteer services, goods to victims. [Victim, William TAYLOR - loses all but 1 daughter in flood.] Hospital officials tell Taylor his wife and youngest child found alive, 3 other children had not. People go to funeral homes converted into morgues, searching for family mbrs., hoping they find

Reporter(s):
Newman, Edwin;
Palmer, John
Duration:
00:06:30

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